A Montana woman fended off a bear trying to
muscle its way into her home Thursday by pelting the animal with a
large piece of zucchini from her garden.
p>The woman suffered minor scratches and one of her dogs was wounded after tussling with the 200-pound bear.
attack happened just after midnight when the woman let her three dogs
into the backyard for their nighttime ritual before she headed to bed,
Missoula County Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Maricelli said. Authorities believe
the black bear was just 25 yards away, eating apples from a tree.
of the dogs sensed the bear, began barking and ran away, Maricelli
said. The third dog, a 12-year-old collie that wasn’t very mobile,
remained close to the woman as she stood in the doorway of the home
near Frenchtown in western Montana.
Before she knew what was happening, the bear was on top of the dog and batting the collie back and forth, Maricelli said.
kicked the bear with her left leg as hard as she could, and she said
she felt like she caught it pretty solidly under the chin,” Maricelli
But as she kicked, the bruin swiped at her leg with its paw and ripped her jeans.
bear then turned its full attention to the woman in the doorway. She
retreated into the house and tried to close the door, but the bear
stuck its head and part of a shoulder through the doorway.
woman held onto the door with her right hand. With her left, she
reached behind and grabbed a 14-inch zucchini that she had picked from
her garden earlier and was sitting on the kitchen counter, Maricelli
She threw the vegetable. It bopped the bruin on the top of its head and the animal fled, Maricelli said.